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>> nancy pelosi becoming the next speaker of the house during this hour of "outnumbered overtime." thanks for watching. now "the daily briefing." >> fox news alert. nancy pelosi officially voted speaker of the house just a few moments ago. we a wait for her to take the gavel and address congress. i'm julie banderas in for dana perino. this is "the daily briefing." nancy pelosi becoming the speaker for the second time. the 116th congress convening. first up, two bills to reopen the government with no funding for the border wall, by the way. senate republicans saying the legislation is a nonstarter. we begin with doug mckelway who is on capitol hill with the latest and a lot of excitement
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there. hi, doug. >> we have some new numbers for you. these are tabulated by chad pergram, who is a better counter than i am. chad has the total for pelosi at 219. the next for kevin mccarthy at 192. 18 ballots were cast for other candidates. so nancy pelosi has it. now, the fact that she has secured the speakership, we enter a new phase of the government shut down. some say there's a bit more hope here now that nancy pelosi has secured her left flank. fended off the left flank of the far left wing of the democratic party who was threatening to vote against her if she included any border wall funding in any of the bills. so that is taken care of. that said, now that she's won the prize, there's been no change in pelosi's position. she's agreed to take up the two spending bills, which you just mentioned later this afternoon. broken down in two parts. one of the spending bills would
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fund six government agencies. the other would fund the department of homeland security but would include any funding for the border wall. that's a nonstarter on the senate side. mitch mcconnell has said that he will take up no bills in the senate that cannot garner 60 votes in the senate and cannot garner a presidential signature. that doesn't cross the bar. doesn't cross the threshold here. that democratic bill is dead on arrival. the shut down continues now in its 13th day. there's a meeting scheduled for the white house between congressional leaders and the white house tomorrow. could change as the afternoon progresses. right now it's looking more like a kabuki theater than any real progress. back to you. >> julie: thanks, doug. now for a look at the big picture. democrats roll out their agenda for 2019. josh kraushaur is here with us.
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nancy pelosi voted as speaker. she will be handed over the gavel and make a speech and swear in the members of congress. they just announced the votes. it is official. she's the speaker of the house for the second time as other members there are congratulating her. she's got a lot on her agenda. let's start from the very beginning. first of all, she has a rules package to get through, which already has those in her own party opposed to. why don't we start with that rules package? >> now that nancy pelosi is speaker, she may have the most difficult job in washington. she's got a idealogically diverse caucus with some of these more moderate members, 15 of whom voted against her just now, the more anti-pelosi democrats. you have folks like ocasio-cortez and the more liberal members that as you mentioned with this pay-go package have a lot of big government packages they want to
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pass and propose in the new congress. nancy pelosi will have to navigate a tough divide between the liberals and left wingers that need to get re-elected in 2020. >> julie: let's talk about her first act after becoming speaker. it's going to be an attempt to pass the new rules package, the pay-go provision, which requires the government to account for every new dollar spent with a spend cut elsewhere. there's a couple democrats that you mentioned that will be voting against that. they've been vocal about it. newly elected congressman alexandria ocasio-cortez has come out against it. congressman from california saying they don't want limits on entitlement spending. will their two nos stop it? >> there's two nos. that's a small minority. it's going to be interesting to see how much pelosi caters to the needs of these newly elected suburban democrats that ran on
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pragmatic platforms to get elected, many that donald trump won in 2016. so this is -- fiscal prudence is going to be something that democrats have to be very concerned about. you know, the worry that pelosi may have is that very outspoken liberal members like alexandria ocasio-cortez and the members of the progressive caucus will make her life difficult. they're going to be on twitter and social media trying to push her to the left and make her propose some pretty liberal agenda items that may not be satisfactory to the more moderate members. >> julie: just to paint a picture what is happening. nancy pelosi has beneficially voted in as speaker. republican congressman kevin mccarthy will be handing her the gavel. she will be sworn in by the most senior member, don young of arkansas, that was elected in 1973 in a special election. it was really no surprise that she was voted through. in her first time around, she had no problems, sailed through.
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this time more opposition. she will be having a term limit where this will end for her in 2021. she's got a lot to get done. she says she wants to improve border security, however she refuses to have any wall funding be a part of that package. that is something that they'll have to try to hammer out in order to reopen the partially-closed government. she will be giving a speech in just a moment and then back to business. the house at this point has many issues on its plate. i want to talk to you about the investigations that they plan on ensuing. recently she appeared on "the today show" saying it's possible that mueller will indict president trump and she wouldn't rule out the possibility of impeachment. how likely do you believe that will happen considering the mountains and loads of other issues that are pressing to this congress? >> nancy pelosi has some pretty aggressive, liberal committee
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chairs coming in to some of the important oversight committees. jerry adler of new york is a big one. that's the big tension in the new congress. nancy pelosi was very careful in communicating to her candidates not to talk about russia or the mueller investigation on the campaign trail. they knew a lot of swing voters don't want to hear about that you have the new committee chairs coming in eager to investigate the trump white house. nancy pelosi will have to make a very challenging political decision. does she give free rein to these liberal chairs or does she tend to the needs of her caucus. a lot of folks to keep her in the majority, she needs to get the more moderate members elected and didn't talk about trump on the campaign trail. >> julie: the house will be considering two bills. tell us about them. >> the first and most important item on the pelosi agenda is trying to fund the government and end this government shut
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down. that's the big political show down in the new year. pelosi advanced some bills that doug was saying that would open the government but not give trump any additional funding for a border wall. trump is intent on letting this play out and seeing who blinks first. pelosi's first and biggest test is to see whether she can get president trump to concede and get him to blink first in this big battle of legislative wills. >> julie: so in part of reopening the government, congress will include keeping the funding the same for the department of homeland security, which we know the dhs oversees border security. they made it clear they're not providing extra funding. any additional funding for the wall. so the funding stays as put. so they have come forward with originally $1.6 billion and now 1.3 billion. nowhere near the 5.6 billion. we heard the president shutting
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down a $2.5 billion offer which was discussed between chuck schumer and the vice president, mike pence back on december 22. that was shot down. so it doesn't seem the president wants to come down any further. here's my question to you. if this in fact were to pass the house and handed off to the senate, then it goes to majority leader mitch mcconnell who says that he will not send something to the president when he knows he's not going to sign it. what happens next? >> right. this is going anywhere until the president outlines what he's willing to accept, whether he will accept any concessions or if the democrats will make any concessions. make no mistake, the political leverage is in nancy pelosi's court. she sees some of these public opinion polls that have come out in the last week or two. most americans want the government open. the reuters poll that came out showed 35% support the president on the wall funding. so you know, he's fighting for his base and people are concerned about border security
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more broadly. pelosi believes she has the political upper hand and she believes holding out and sticking to her guns she can get the white house to make some major concessions on border security. >> julie: nancy pelosi, the now speaker-elect for the second time around. she will be handed the gavel by the republican congressman, kevin mccarthy of california and she will be giving a speech any moment now and we'll watch and wait for that to happen and carry it live. more on the rules package. that is something that they're supposed to be voting on later this afternoon. nothing could happen until a speaker was sworn in. so now that pelosi has officially become the speaker, now the house can get back to business. that will most likely be ruled and voted through. when it gets to the partial government shutdown, how much progress should we expect to see today and how soon could we see the government reopen? >> i think this is going to be a long drawn-out fight.
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neither side has any incentive to give in right now. they want to have some kabuki theater to show that they got something out of a fight. president trump, his base and his campaign message has been around border security. the notion that he would shut the government down and not get anything for a border wall is a difficult thing to stomach for this white house. so at the very least, this would go into the week, there's a meeting tomorrow. we'll see what happens there. this has the makings of a long drawn-out fight that could leave part of the government closed for a long time. >> julie: i want to bring in our panel. michael meehan, former chief of staff and mat gantwell from the national republican campaign committee. matt, i'll start with you first. the president is now heading into -- if this past two years were difficult, the next two years will be even more so. the first time that he's been
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the president in a divided government. what are the next two years looking like for the president? >> i think as you said, it's going to make the last two years look like a walk in the park. not only do you have until with a democratic house majority ready to investigate anything and everything this white house has done, but as you mentioned before, impeachment is very much on the table. you have many, many house democrats that are being sworn in today that have vowed to impeach the president and want to do so immediately. brad sherman from california is said to introduce a motion for impeachment today providing no legal reason to do so. he wants to get president trump out of there. so you'll see a very big push towards impeachment. if you're president trump, the only thing sitting between you and being impeach in the house is nancy pelosi, that's a very precarious spot to be in. >> julie: michael, is nancy pelosi going to basically push back on every issue president trump wants to get through?
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because at this point, it seems as if it's just purely political. whatever the president wants, the democrats don't. >> speaker pelosi and senator schumer have provided the president an off ramp to get himself off of this box over the border security. they a offered to pass six spending bills to get the government back on and the president has not said what he wants. $1.3 billion for border security, not for a wall. plenty of money in there. they offered 30 extra days to have a debate on that while you get the rest of the government open. clearly the president is playing a losing hand by keeping the government closed. we learn in the 90s when speaker gingrich did this, this is not a good political hand for the president to play and nancy pelosi does have all the cards and she's offered him a way to get out of this thicket right now. >> julie: they offered -- the president originally wanted more money. so the president and his administration have come down
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quite a business. i suppose in a demonstration that somehow they could manage to compromise on this wall funding that he so badly wants. nancy pelosi and chuck schumer seem adamant that they will give him anything within the $1.3 billion. even in that, if some of that money were to be allotted for a wall, there would be some way matt, would you agree, that the democrats would find a reason to scale that number down again. anything that goes towards a wall seems to be off limits. >> absolutely. it's clear democrats have no interest in securing the border and putting anything towards really securing the border with a wall. what you're seeing now from president trump is the start of his re-elect. as we saw, he's at his best when he has an enemy. he had hillary clinton back then. he has nancy pelosi and chuck schumer at least until the democratic frontrunner emerges. so what we're seeing much more
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broad than just simply a physical wall in a political sense. this is his central campaign promise. he needs to show his base that he fought it. there's those that want to prevent him and those that want it. for democrats, they want to stop the wall at all costs. >> julie: michael, i want to talk about the senate for a second. mitt romney will be basically leading with the vice president, mike pence, and will officially become a senator today. he made some recent comments as you know in "the washington post." he wrote an editorial that laid out the fact that he has no problem with the president's issu issues and a lot of the president's agenda like the taxes and how strong he has held his foot down on china. when it comes to his leadership,
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an incoming senator like romney who has the name recognition, already started to ruffle feathers, this is the political unstable ground, if you will, that the president has heading into in the next two years. what do you make of the relationship between these two? >> romney was the governor of massachusetts. when he lost to ted kennedy in the u.s. senate race, we discounted him. he came back to do governor and did many great things and became the republican nominee for president in 2012. i think everyone thinks the primary action in the president's campaign will be on the democratic side. this is the first shot of a primary on the republican side if donald trump lasts with mitt romney. he laid down a path that showed while he's a country club main street republican in terms of fiscal policy, he doesn't agree with the moral choices the president made and he made the case the day before he got sworn in. there's action on the republican side to the extent that people
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pay attention to both sides. >> julie: matt? >> it's wishful thinking. i worked for governor romney. he's been consistent. he outlined much of what he said in june. this isn't a new thing. many of the lines were exactly the same. he believes in much of the same things that the president does when it comes to policy agenda, cracking down on china, tax reform and other things. when it comes to leadership style, that's affecting his ability to get policies down. so he's not running for president in 2020. he was very clear about that yesterday. he will speak out when he believes is necessary. he broadly supports much of the trump agenda. >> julie: i want to regroup here again if you're just tuning in. you're looking at the house floor. house speaker nancy pelosi has -- she was poised to become the next speaker and has been voted in officially as the
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second round of speaker of the house until 2021. nancy pelosi has been voted in. now she awaits the gavel, which will be handed to her by the republican congressman kevin mccarthy of california. when she's handed the gavel, she will be sworn in by the most senior member of the house. sounds like people are being asked to sit down. >> the speaker elect of the state of california, nancy pelosi. [applause]
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[applause] >> members, take your seats.
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the house will be in order. colleagues, friends and fellow americans, it is an honor to serve with you and to welcome you to the first day of the 116th, the united states house of representatives. [applause] we are here in this chamber because the faith of your neighbors, the support of your families. we're here today to represent the voice and the vote of 325
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million americans. now, i would like everyone to pause. i want you to reflect on this fact. in the last 230 years, dating back to the founding of our republic, fewer than 11,000 americans have had the privilege to stand here at a member of the house just as you do. chosen by their fellow citizens to represent them in washington. what an amazing and invigorating and yet frustrating experiment that is, representative democracy. the ink was barely dry on the constitution when ben franklin wondered out loud if this new nation of capable of keeping its government and freedom that had been granted to us generation to generation. centuries later, people still harbor similar concerns.
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they wonder if congress truly represents them. if its still capable of solving big problems. well, there's no guarantees. it's up to us, all of us in this room to make congress work. to create and debate, just like our founding fathers did many years ago. with courage, with commitment and resolve. we are a very small group with a very large responsibility. the burden on us 435 members is to represent 325 million americans faithfully. to work together so that tomorrow is better than today. as ronald reagan advised us, america's too great for small dreams. when we work together, we succeed together as one nation. we're now entering a period of
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divided government. that is no excuse for gridlock and unaction. we're at our best when we focus on building a more perfect union. [applause] but while we seek cooperation, there's one core principle upon which we will not compromise. republicans will always choose personal freedom over government control. [applause] this very floor we serve on has hosted some of the toughest debates in the nation's history. it's also some of the most notable achievements that
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happened here. this house has weathered times of triumph and crisis. it still stands because it is built not on sand but the solid rock of constitutional principles. today marks the new chapter in this house pursuit of a more perfect union. the country knows nancy pelosi as an experienced leader with three decades of service in congress. a fighter for her causes and a true trail blazer. even when we disagree, with one another completely, it is important to remember that we are bounded together in a common cause. our love for america. [applause] as fellow citizens and friends, let us lead together to show the people that we're truly their
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voice and their vote. and in that spirit, the spirit of a more perfect union and an unshakable belief that america was, is and always will be the greatest nation on the face of the earth. [applause] and in that spirit, i extend my hand of friendship to every member of this body. and to the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, i extend to you this gavel. [applause]
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>> thank you very much, leader mccarthy. i look forward to working with you in a bipartisan way for the good of our country, respecting our constituents that every one of you, i respect you and the constituents who sent each and every one of us here. they expect and deserve for us to try to find our common ground. we must try to do that. stand our ground where we can, but always extend the hand of friendship. thank you, kevin mccarthy for your leadership. i look forward to working with you. congratulations on being the leader of the party. [applause] congratulations to each and every one of you. new members of congress, newly re-elected members of congress, thank you for your courage to
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run for office and to serve in this distinguished body. every two years, we gather in this chamber for a sacred ritual under the dome of this temple of democracy, the capitol of the united states. we renew the great american experiment. i'm particularly proud to be a woman speaker of the house of this congress who marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote. [applause] and we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of congress,
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the largest number in history. [applause] as leader mccarthy said, each of us comes to this chamber strengthened by the trust of our constituents and the love of our families. let us congratulate and welcome all of the families who are here today. thank you to our families. [applause] let me take the privilege of thanking my dear husband, paul and our five children. our five children, nancy,
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corrine, christine, jacqueline, paul and alexandra. and our nine grandchildren, madeline and alexander, liam, sean and ryan, thomas and paul, bella and octavio. we're so proud of all of our grandchildren. we're proud of everyone's grandchildren and children who are here today. we'll see more of them. i'm also proud of my family here from baltimore for us, too. in the spirit, in that spirit, my mother and father, my brother, tommy, was also mayor of baltimore, taught us through their example that public service is a noble calling, that we should serve with our hearts full of love and that america's heart is full of love. seeing that last night, my comrad, an italian american with
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all of that proud, i want to acknowledge tony bennett who is here with us today as well. thank you, tony. [applause] he help ed free the concentratin camps during the time of world war ii. he marched with martin luther king. he's a true american patriot. thank you, tony. and again, i want to thank my constituents from san francisco. who have entrusted me to represent them in congress in the spirit of st. francis, the patron saint of san francisco and his song of st. francis is our anthem. make me a channel of thy peace. we heard that in church this morning, but it is our mission. and let me thank our men and women in uniform, our veterans and our military families and
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caregivers whose service reminds of us our mission to make their sacrifice worthy, to our men and women in uniform. [applause] we enter this new congress with a sense of great hope and confidence for the future and deep humility and prayerfulness in the face of challenges ahead. our nation is in a historic moment. two months ago the american people spoke and demanded a new dawn. they called upon the beauty of our constitution that our system of checks and balances that protects our democracy, remembering that the legislative branch is article 1, the first branch of government, co-equal
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to the presidency and to the judiciary. [applause] they want a congress that delivers results for the people, opening opportunity and lifting up their lives. we're hearing a voice of the future there. how beautiful. when our new members take the oath, our congress will be refreshed and our democracy will be strengthened by their optimism, idealism and patriotism of this transformative freshmen class. congratulations to all of you in the freshmen class. [applause] working together we will redeem the promise of the american dream for every family, advancing progress for every community. we must be pioneers of the future. this congress must accelerate a
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future that advances america's preeminence in the world and opens up opportunities for all. building an economy for all americans giving them the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century. public education, work force development, good paying jobs and secure pensions. we have heard from too many families that wonder in this time of innovation and globalization if they have a place in the economy of the future. we must remove all doubt that they do and say to them individually, we will have an economy that works for you. [applause] let us declare that we'll call upon bold thinking to address the disparity of income in america, which is at the root of the crisis of confidence felt by so many americans. as the justice said, we may have democracy or we may have wealth
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concentrated in the hands of a few. but we cannot have both. we must end that injustice and restore the public's faith in a better future for themselves and their children. we must be champions of the middle class. all those that aspire to it. because the middle class is the backbone of our democracy. it has been since the birth of our democracy. aristotle said, it's maybe fest that the best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class in which the middle class is large and stronger than any of the other classes. we must fight for the middle class that is fair and fiscally sound, protecting medicare, medicaid and social security. [applause] we must also thank the threat of
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our time, the climate crisis, a crisis manifested in natural disasters of epic proportions. the american people understand the urgency. the people are ahead of the congress, the congress must join them. that is why we have created a committee on climate crisis. the entire congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future. [applause] this is a -- this is a decision, a public health decision about clean air, clean water for our children's health. it's a decision for america's global preeminence and the green technology. it's a decision, a security
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decision, to keep us all safe and a moral decision to be good stewards of god's creation. we have no illusions that our work will be easy and that all of us in this chamber will agree. let each of us pledge that when we disagree, we respect each other and we respect the truths. [applause] we will debate in advance good ideas no matter where they come from. and in that spirit, democrats will be offering the senate republican appropriations legislation to reopen government later today. [applause] we will do so to meet the needs of the american people, to
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protect our borders and to respect our workers. i pledge at this congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying. that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this chamber and across divisions across our nation. in the past two years the american people have spoken. tens of thousands of public events were held. hundreds of thousands of people turned out. millions of calls were made. countless families, even sick little children. our little lobbyists, our little lobbyists bravely came forward to tell their stories and they made a big difference. now the floor of this house must be america's town hall where people will see our debates and voices will be heard and affect our decisions. transparency will be the order of the day. [applause]
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as mr. jefferies, our distinguished chairman said, we will follow our mandate for the people. i thank you for your kind nomination and accept those kind remarks on behalf of the entire house democratic caucus who made all of those victories possible. some of them in a bipartisan way. empower our mandate for the people, to lower healthcare costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions. to increase paychecks by rebuilding america with green and modern infrastructure from sea to shining sea. we look forward to working with
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the president on that. to pass hr-1, to restore integrity to government so that people can have confidence that government that works for the people, not the special interests. hr-1. [applause] this house will take overdue legislation that has bipartisan support. bipartisan support in the congress and across the country. we will make our community safer and keep our sacred promise to the victims and survivors of gun violence bypassing common sense background checks legislation. [applause] we will make america fairer but
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passing the equality act to end discrimination against the lgbt community and we will make america more american bypassing -- by protecting our patriotic courageous dreamers. [applause] all three of those legislative initiatives have bipartisan support in this body. when we're talking about the dreamers, let us remember what president reagan said. in his last speech as president of the united states, i urge you all to read it. it's a beautiful speech. he said if we ever close the door to new americans, our leadership role in the world will soon be lost. ronald reagan. [applause]
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our common cause -- applause for ronald reagan. our common cause is to find and forge a way forward for our country. let us stand for the people, to promote liberty and justice for all as we pledge every day. and always, always keep our nation safe from threats old and new from terrorism and cyber warfare, overseas and here at home to protect and defend the oath we all take to serve in this body. that is the oath we take. to protect. i close by remembering a cherished former member of this body who rose to become a beloved president of the united states and who last month returned to the capitol once
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more and became this time too lie in state. that week we honored president george herbert walker bush with eulogies, tributes and tears. today i single out one of his greatest achievements working with both democrats and republicans to write the americans with disabilities act to the laws of our land. thank you steny hoyer for being a big part of that. [applause] in 2010, we marked the 20th anniversary of the act by making it possible for our colleagues with disabilities to preside over the house. by changing the mechanics of this podium. and that spirit of equality and justice, let me announce that this afternoon the first speaker pro tem i will yield to the
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116th congress will be congressman jim langevin of rhode island. [applause] as we take the oath of office today, we accept responsibility as daunting and demanding as any that previous generations of leadership have faced, guided by the vision and values of our founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and the aspirations that we have for our children, let us meet that responsibility with wisdom, with courage and with grace. together we will let it be known that this house will truly be the people's house.
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[applause] let us pray that god may bless our work and crown our good with brotherhood and sisterhood from sea to shining sea. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. i'm now ready to take the oath of office. i ask the dean of the house of representatives the honorable don young to administer the oath of office. before you do, mr. dean, and i
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thank you for your great leadership in the congress over the decades, i'd like to call my grandchildren up to take the oath and any other children that want to join them. come on, kids.
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>> everybody be quiet. if the gentle woman from california would please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that will you support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic and bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office you're about to enter so help you god? >> i do. >> congratulations, madam speaker. [applause] >> okay. let us thank dean young. thank you, dean young. dean of the house of representatives. [applause]
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i now call the house to order on behalf of all of america's children. go kids! [applause] now the oath of office for the members elect enmass. if the children want to go back -- or if they want to be on tv, it's up to them. stay or join their parents and grandparents. katie hill, whose birthday is today wants her children to join her. katie porter. katie porter whose birthday it is wants her children to join
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them. thank you for coming up. >> julie: we just watched nancy pelosi voted in as speaker of the house and taking the oath of office after being handed the gavel to lead the 116th democratically controlled congress. she's about to swear in the rest of the members of congress. she invited up her nine grandchildren and then every child in the house. i couldn't believe how many kids attended this. definitely history in the making for a lot of kids. they'll grow up remembering this
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for the rest of their lives. she enters the new year as speaker with a divided government, a long roster of legislation to tackle, investigations including passing a rules package addressing the partial government shut down and of course the center and most talked about issue, the battle over border security as democratic leadership have assured that they will not see through funding to fund the border wall. they will not include that funding unlike the president's demands have been ramping up. but first and foremost, democrats do hope to soon reopen the government. that remains to be seen as to when that might happen. please stay tuned to fox news channel and your local station for continuing coverage of this story. i'm julie banderas in new york. we continue our coverage on fox news channel. i want to bring in josh
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kraushaur for making history with us. just listening. she's swearing in all the members of the 116th congress. let's break down, josh, i want to start with you what is happening on the house floor as we speak the next few hours now that congress woman pelosi has been given her gavel. now the speakership needs to vote on the rules package. that is supposed to happen later this afternoon. >> that's right, julie. this was a rare moment of bipartisanship in washington. you don't see that often. pelosi cited ronald reagan on immigration, as a message to the trump administration. look, there's gridlock in washington. the pay-go package will pass, but the funding for the government, the battle over border security and the wall will continue. as long as republicans control the senate and donald trump is in the white house, there's not a lot will get done in washington despite all the positive rhetoric today.
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>> julie: matt, they need to move on beyond that rules package to legislation in order to reopen the government. there's two bills they're going to decide on hopefully soon. when it comes to i guess the pay-go provision, among the rules package, which basically requires the government to account for every new dollar spent or revenue increase elsewhere, there's a couple democrats against that. is there anything wrong with pay-go? >> i think as a simple principal, if you're going to buy it, you should pay for it. the democrats and the liberals want to vote against her and expand that to medicare for all and a bunch of other budget-busting bills. so it's not in their interest to support that. i think that's a big fight. we're seeing the first fissures of the democratic majority in this pay-go package. >> julie: michael, i want your reaction to what this congress
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is up against. what will become the number 1 issue for them. if there's any bipartisanship in sight because nancy pelosi just said there will be. i don't think she was talking about the wall when she said that. >> let's recognize the peaceful transfer of power just happened here, which is unique in our country, this is the way that you can lose an election and have a peaceful hand over to power. i'm glad my son won but i'm proud when we do this when republicans win. nancy pelosi put out an olive branch today. she mentioned ronald reagan. she mentioned george bush. she mentioned with great pride the dean, mr. young, from alaska. i think you want to put yourself on the first foot and she's making an attempt. this is the checks and balances that the people elected the democrats to run the house in two months ago. >> so matt, if she's going to go ahead and say that they want to move forward with bipartisanship, she knows that there's one sticking issue that
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clearly is not one that she or chuck schumer has seen eye to eye with when it comes to the wall and the president. how much of this is going to be a sticking issue and if this wall does not get passed, does the government remain closed? who then takes the blame for the partial government shut down? >> a couple things. i think those words from ronald reagan and george h.w. bush is nice, but she didn't actually say one condition crete area where it's actually reasonable or realistic for republicans and democrats to get together. we talk about the wall. of course, they bear quite a bit of responsibility. it seems like there's no end in sight for this shut down because there's no incentive for either side to give in to their respective bases. quite frankly, the senate as leader mcconnell said won't pass anything that president trump won't sign. so this is going to last for a long while, but one quick note
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is that as we move into this new year, people are tuning back in after the holidays, there's pressure i think especially in the senate among republicans up for re-election, susan collins, tom tillis in purple states to pry to get the ball moving and some momentum towards reopening the government again. >> julie: thank you all for sticking through on this exciting day. chad pergram is our senior producer. chad, i have to say, your e-mails are brilliant. it does help us get through all of this. reading your notes is very helpful. there's so much going on not only on the house but also on the senate side. mitt romney is going to be sworn in. never a dull day on capitol hill. >> no, we don't have those. i talked to jeff flake from arizona who said he appreciated what mitt romney said and he thought the president's response is how he treated mitt romney was how the president had also treated jeff flake, a lot of
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back and forth. if you look behind me, we'll see a lot of family members and the freshmen member, pelosi, the speaker coming here and tony bennett coming passed me. they're coming over to see the members, what we call a ceremonial, a mock squaring in. that was all pelosi, the speaker's husband and tony benne bennett, a lot of famous people here. they do get down to business shortly here. they'll work on the new rules package that sets the house for the 116th congress and later tonight, there's two votes. debate and a vote on two bills to fund the government. one on six bills to reopen the government for the rest of the fiscal year and then a temporary bill to fund the department of homeland security after the existing funding levels through february 8. so they're back to business here. we keep hearing the rattles that president trump will have another meeting with congressional leaders. i just talked to one of pelosi's folks and they said as of 2:30,
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2:45, they had heard nothing from the white house. yet the government is closed and that will be an effort by democrats in the house of representatives to do two things. number 1, show that they're not going to pass the border wall and put the onus on mitch mcconnell and the senate republicans to say why don't we reopen part of the government. mitch mcconnell described that bell yesterday as a side show and a nonstarter. they need 60 votes in the senate. one wonders when that dam starts to break, especially among the republicans and the moderates that say maybe if there's horse trading that we can do behind the scenes, immigration, daca, something that nancy pelosi has ruled out but we'll see. things are in motion here on capitol hill, julie. >> julie: it's possible the government could reopen tomorrow? >> no, we don't think that. that is the pressure. that's the pressure. >> julie: that's the question. we'll wait and see. thanks, chad. thanks very much. thank you for sticking with us here and joining us on "the
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daily briefing." i'm julie banderas in for dana. trace gallagher is in for shep. i'll be back tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. eastern. will we still have a partial government shut down? that's the question. we'll have to watch fox for our continuing coverage. >> well, meet the new boss. house speaker nancy pelosi gets the gavel back and does not rule out impeaching president trump. the president accusing democrats of playing politics with the partial government shutdown and one republican tells fox news this could be the longest shut down in u.s. history. a live look at the dow as stocks plunge after apple took a hit and put part of the blame on the president's trade war with china. now china claims its beaten the u.s. in a modern day space race. the astronaut that accidentally called 911 here on earth from the space station. i'm trace gallagher in for


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